Blair of the Mounties - Single Episodes
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BLAIR OF THE MOUNTIESBlair of the Mounties is the story of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police -- a fictional series based on the work of the Northwest Mounted Police before the World War I. It was a fifteen minute weekly serial heard every Monday for 36 weeks beginning January 31st, 1938 and running through the 3rd of October of 1938. It may have been on the air as early as 1935, although there’s no actual proof of this.
Little is known of the series other than it followed the exploits of Sgt. Blair of the Northwest Mounted Police. and probably was the inspiration for Trendell, Campbell and Muir's Challenge of the Yukon.
The series was written by Colonel Rhys Davies, who also played the Colonel Blair in the series. Jack Abbot played the Constable.
Jack French, one of OTR’s best researchers says this about the series: “Blair is not restricted to Canada, as other Mounties, as we find him, in a few cases, in Great Britain, solving cases. Overall the series is amateurishly written, with the actor playing Blair coming accros as a bit stuffy.”
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- 2006-11-19 02:38:48
Subject: Strange, but interesting
As for the bad guys sounding American, well, there's a long tradition of American bad guys in Canadian culture.
However, I would be interested in knowing more about this series, including if the Colonel Rhys Davies mentioned in this article is indeed the same Rhys Davies in this show - https://matthewkbarrett.com/2016/02/01/the-spy/
It's not the most amusing or well produced show of it's era by a long shot, but it's quite interesting pop culture-history-wise!
Subject: Good old-fashioned police detection in northern Canada
This is a good, solid, series of crime and police detection in an extreme environment. The writing is old-school: straightforward and serious, with no hint of fun or irony.
Having no special knowledge of this show, I wonder how Canadian it actually is, since the good guys sound British and the bad guys sound American--anybody know?
I also wonder if there is an error in the episode numbers: at the end of ep 06, the announcer says, "You have heard chapter seven of Blair of the Mounties. The next chapter is The Cedar Lake Mystery ((which is listed as episode 07))." It's possible that it was the announcer that was in error.
Subject: Blair of the Mounties
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